DVD Review: Day of the Mummy (2014)

Day of the Mummy DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Johnny Tabor

Starring: Danny Glover, William McNamara, Nimi, Andrea Monier

Well, we’ve had found footage vampires, found footage ghosts, found footage zombies and found footage alien invasions so we may as well have found footage mummies as well. Mummies haven’t always been treated too well when it comes to movies as, like with many of the famous monsters, once you get past an origin story there’s very little else you can do with the character; Universal’s original The Mummy had an amazing first ten minutes but was then slowed down into a not-very-exciting drama. Hammer’s 1959 version was arguably the best but was overshadowed by their Dracula and Frankenstein franchises and the 1999 Brendan Fraser film was a fun but very flawed take on the tale that was made all the more unpopular by terrible sequels and spin-offs. So does Day of the Mummy inject a little life into the bandaged corpse of the mummy legend? Err… no.

The plot is pretty much the same as any other film involving Egypt and mummified corpses as rich voice-on-the-phone Carl (Danny Glover – Lethal Weapon) blackmails archaeologist Jack Wells (William McNamara – Terror at the Opera) into joining an expedition in Egypt to recover The Codex Stone from the tomb of King Neferu, an Egyptian king cursed to live after death as a mummy when his rest is disturbed. You know the rest…

The first question that must be aimed at Day of the Mummy is “What in the name of Satan’s scrotum happened to Danny Glover?”. Here is an actor who has appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters alongside more personal, politically motivated roles and is what you could call a bona fide actor, and, whilst we all have to eat and pay the bills, you have to wonder if there’s somebody in the production team of this film that has compromising photos of him or something because this is the sort of film that the phrase ‘scraping the barrel’ was invented for. Whilst Glover is pretty much a constant presence in the film he doesn’t actually do anything except read his generic lines into camera as his character only appears in the corner of the screen as a video contact, meaning he only really has to use his voice and he doesn’t really do that with any great conviction.

But Glover is probably the best thing in the film as the predictably boring story unfolds like a rolled up Egyptian rug that needs a good beating to get the dust out of it. Essentially you’re watching a group of bad actors playing a team of characters that you really don’t give two hoots about going somewhere you know they shouldn’t go to do something they’re not supposed to do – there are no surprises, there’s no score so therefore no atmosphere and the film feels as cheap as it looks. When the mummy is revealed it isn’t actually as terrible as you would imagine given the thrifty look of the rest of the settings and effects but it’s nowhere near Christopher Lee or Boris Karloff territory and doesn’t feel like much of a threat. There’s an attempt at trying to create an atmosphere during the underground scenes but it really is too little too late in a film that really ought to have tried a bit harder from the off. At least it’s under 80 minutes long…

Day of the Mummy

Special Features: None

UK Release Date: 20th October 2014

Image Entertainment – Website

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